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Baltimore offers old city schools, historic mansion for new uses

Baltimore offers old city schools, historic mansion for new uses
The historic Upton Mansion sits vacant at 811 West Lanvale. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore City is seeking developers to come up with new uses for three buildings once used as schools, plus a historic mansion.

The Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development has issued requests for proposals for the buildings, in the Upton, Coldspring and Waverly neighborhoods.

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“Baltimore is a city of incomparable assets and opportunity,” Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said in a statement. “A quick look at these opportunities alone gives you a taste of the attractive economic activity that awaits investors here. The time has come for revitalization of these sites and we are gearing up for more development opportunities throughout the city.”

The sites are:

<<A property known as the Mercantile Building at 4701 Yellowwood Ave. in Coldspring, which was used previously by the Waldorf School of Baltimore. The 14,924-square-foot building is set on nearly four acres of green space, and includes a pool, tennis courts and parking.

<<The former Henry Highland Garnet School, PS 103, at 1315 Division Street in Upton. Located in the Old West Baltimore National Register Historic District, the school building is a Baltimore City Landmark. Many prominent African Americans attended the school, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

The old structure caught fire in April 2016. It has 14,000 square feet of developable space on a lot of more than 30,000 square feet.

<<The Upton Mansion at 811 W. Lanvale Street in Upton. It’s considered a historic treasure and is registered as a local landmark within the Old West Baltimore National Register Historic District. It has 10,000 square feet of developable space on lot size of more than 35,000 square feet.

The mansion was the home of attorney David Stewart, who served a little more than month as a U.S. senator in 1849 and 1850, and later became the headquarters for Baltimore’s oldest radio station and the Baltimore Institute of Musical Arts, an African-American musical conservatory.

<<The former Waverly Middle School at 707 E. 34th Street in Waverly, which was replaced by the new Waverly Elementary-Middle School that opened in 2014. It has 40,000 Square feet of developable space on almost one acre of land.

The city agency will consider factors such as development diversity, existing financing and development resources. Developers are expected to meet goals of the neighborhoods and consider historic preservation. Proposals are due June 20.

“Reinvestment in these long vacant sites will be a dramatic step forward for our neighborhoods and our city,” said Michael Braverman, agency commissioner. “We’re excited about the momentum we’re seeing.”

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